In Matthew 5:6, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” It is natural for us to crave things. Many times, I’ve heard people say that it’s been a rough day and that they need a drink. I reply with the question, “How many times have you said that about Jesus?”
We are thirsting for the wrong things. Some people consume too much alcohol and get caught while being “under the influence.” I say to you that we as Christians need to be under the influence more often, not influenced by alcohol or drugs, but by the Holy Spirit. Let Jesus direct your steps and your interactions amongst people. Being influenced by the Spirit gives you true clarity, a sober mind, and the ability to walk in the power and favor of God.
Have you ever seen a drunk person smiling, even when the situation didn’t dictate it? We as Christians should be the same way, smiling out of sheer joy for the Lord and His blessings. If you have happiness, it is dictated by circumstances. If you have true joy, it is a gift from God and keeps you peaceful in the midst of troubled times. Jesus wants you to be joyful, not just happy. God loves you. When you know you are loved, it is easier to love others and yourself.
So before leaving the house in the morning or before doing anything that you do, take a sip. Be thirsty for God’s righteousness. Jesus is the true water of life. Take and drink of His Holy Spirit, and take as much as you want.